Upcoming Colloquium

Neutrinos from Nuclear Reactors: Status and Outlook
Dr. Juan Pedro Ochoa-Ricoux, UC Irvine

April 29, 2024
11:00am in LA4-120

Juan Pedro Ochoa-Ricoux


Neutrinos are fascinating elementary particles that help us understand the makeup of our universe as well as the astrophysical and terrestrial sources that produce them. As the most in-tense human-made source of neutrinos ever built, nuclear reactors have been instrumental in studying these elusive particles since their discovery in 1956. In this talk, I will give an overview of the current landscape in reactor neutrino physics. I will begin with a description of neutrinos, the phenomenon of neutrino oscillation, and the most pressing questions in our field. I will then discuss what we have learned from past- and current-generation reactor neutrino experiments, followed by the opportunities offered by a next-generation project currently under construction that is taking the field to the next level in terms of scale and complexity.

JUNO detector
Fig. JUNO detector.

The Colloquium is a unique opportunity for students to learn about new developments in physics and what physicists do after they graduate. Hosted by the Physics and Astronomy Department at California State University, Long Beach, the weekly meetings invite guests from universities, research laboratories, and industry to present and discuss current topics in physics. All students are encouraged to attend for a well-rounded experience and training in physics.

Colloquium Coordinator

For information and suggestions about the colloquium please contact the colloquium coordinator:

Dr. Alex Klotz


The following is the schedule for Spring 2024.

Upcoming Colloquia
DateTitleSpeaker and Affiliation
April 29, 2024Neutrinos from Nuclear Reactors: Status and OutlookDr. Juan Pedro Ochoa-Ricoux, UC Irvine
May 6, 2024End of Semester PresentationsStudents, CSU Long Beach

Previous Colloquia

Previous Colloquia from This Semester
DateTitleSpeaker and Affiliation
April 22, 2024Topological Tuning of DNA-Based Active MatterDr. Rae Robertson-Anderson, University of San Diego
April 15, 2024Gravitational Wave Sources at the Heart of GalaxiesDr. Smadar Naoz, UCLA
April 8, 2024Energy: The True Final Frontier (Distinguished Lecture in Physics)Dr. Ramamoorthy Ramesh, Rice University
April 8, 2024Vortices, Skyrmions and Cycloids: A New Era in FerroelectricsDr. Ramamoorthy Ramesh, Rice University
March 27, 2024Gravitational Waves from f-modes as a Tool to Probe the Neutron Star InteriorDr. Debarati Chatterjee, Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics
March 25, 2024Exploring Topological Phase Transitions and Dynamic Strain Engineering in Quantum MaterialsDr. Luis A. Jauregui, UC Irvine
March 18, 2024DNA LiquidsDr. Omar Saleh, UC Santa Barbara
March 11, 2024The Gravity Tunnel in a Non-Uniform EarthDr. Alex Klotz, CSU Long Beach
February 26, 2024A City on Mars: Can We Settle Space, Should We Settle Space, and Have We Really Thought This Through?Zach Weinersmith, illustrator and writer for Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal
February 19, 2024Driving Quantum Matter to ExtremesDr. Sarah Grefe, CSU Long Beach
February 12, 2024Solar System Archaelogy: Multi-disciplinary Approaches to Understanding Planetary System Formation and Environmental ScienceDr. Gerardo Dominguez, CSU San Marcos
February 5, 2024Assembly, Disassembly, and Mechanics of Entropic ColloidosomesDr. Zvonimir Dogic, UC Santa Barbara
January 29, 2024What Quantum Materials Can Reveal When Interrogated with Photoemission and Electronic Transport ProbesDr. Claudia Ojeda-Aristizaba, CSU Long Beach

The Colloquium Archive has the Colloquia from previous semesters.


We acknowledge with gratitude donations and support from the following present sponsors:

  • H.E. and H.B. Miller and Family Endowment
  • Benjamin Carter
  • American Physical Society
  • Anonymous

We also acknowledge with gratitude our past donors: The Forty-Niner Shops, Inc., The Northrop Grumman Foundation, Sandra Dana, Anonymous.

If you wish to support the Colloquium, please contact the colloquium coordinator or the department chair. Thank you!